Release Date: 11th March, 2022
Cast: Prabhas, Pooja Hegde, Bhagyashree
Writer/Director: K.K. Radhakrishna Kumar
Producer/s: Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani
Plot: Gopikrishna Movies, ODU Movies, T-Series Films
Star cast: Prabhas, Pooja Hegde, Sachin Khedekar, Bhagyashree, Kunal Roy Kapoor & Sathyaraj
Director: Radha Krishna Kumar
Producers: Bhushan Kumar (Hindi), Praseedha (Telugu), Vamsi & Pramod
Radhe Shyam Box Office Review: Expectations
Not many would be aware but RS has been shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi and dubbed in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada. Here, we’ll be purely talking about the film’s Hindi version. To be very honest, the promotions looked very underwhelming with no consistency whatsoever. Just for the sake of romantic drama, tons of songs were released. It looked there was no enthusiasm from the makers’ side. Things only picked up pace in the last few days and it’s really weird considering it’s India’s one of the most expensive films.
Coming to promos and songs, it just looked okayish and no song or trailer really digging in. Yeah, some of the tracks did well, but not of that sort which is normally expected from such a big romantic movie. All thanks to Prabhas‘ presence, there was a surety that the film will manage to create awareness among movie lovers, and attract crowds initially.
Radhe Shyam Box Office Review: Impact
No, I am not a die-hard Prabhas fan, but one thing deserves a mention that theatre, where I watched the movie, was almost 60% full for a morning show of 9 am. Most of them were college-going students. This pretty much dictates the fan following of the Saaho actor in the Bollywood belt.
So, it looks like Prabhas’ face as a crowd puller is working here!
Sadly, the film is solely shouldered by the Darling actor’s presence and there’s nothing really worth watching in the film. The film is made on a huge budget and it’s visible in every single frame (sometimes, an overdose of it!). Visuals are pleasing and technically this romantic drama stands on its merit. But that’s all! There’s no real substance that keeps you hooked and overall, it’s ‘yawn’able experience.
There’s no scope of multiplex versus single screen, classy versus massy debate here, as no one would really enjoy the film.
Radhe Shyam Box Office Review: Final Verdict
RS is like another big-budget Indian film lost in its grandeur and totally relies on the star power of Prabhas. His name will initially bring footfalls and a good first weekend is expected. But what after that? As the word-of-mouth is not so good.
Even a good runtime of 138 minutes isn’t helping the case here, and the film might end up earning 30-35 crores lifetime in its Hindi version.
Radhe Shyam Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: Prabhas, Pooja Hegde, Bhagyashree, Sathyaraj, Kunaal Roy Kapur
Director: Radha Krishna Kumar
What’s Good: This would only strengthen what SS Rajamouli said about how the grand scale should always be backed by soul, this is just like staying at a luxurious villa situated amid a crowded market
What’s Bad: Prabhas’ character Vikram Aditya is a palmist, who is so bad at his job he couldn’t even predict the boring fate of his own film.
Loo Break: If you’re in for picturesque locales, you’d get what you want from start till the end but if you’re looking for a solid story, you’d have 138 opportunities (1 per minute) to take a loo break.
Watch or Not?: Only if you are a Pooja Hegde or Europe fan!
Available On: Theatrical Release.
Runtime: 138 Minutes.
The story starts with world-renowned palmist Vikram Aditya (Prabhas) predicting the emergency of 1975 by reading Indira Gandhi’s (Flora Jacob) palm. He has to leave India after this prediction and he starts to jump from one country to another. What do you mean by why he left the country even in an age when there was no Twitter? Vikram Aditya is pretty sure he will remain single forever because he’s missing a ‘love line’ from his palms, until one day he says Prerna (Pooja Hegde) travelling in a train transported from Wes Anderson’s world.
He falls for her but only wants to keep it till ‘flirtationship’, which is a boomer term for friends with benefits. Prerna somehow falls for him because he travels 300 kilometres on a bike in rain for her, despite being a rich bloke he doesn’t take his car but because he has to impress a girl… vroom vroom. Now, starts the circus of one character could die from either of them because palmistry says so, but you’ll soon realise it’s the audience that wants to get killed by the end.
Radhe Shyam Movie Review: Script Analysis
Director/Writer Radha Krishna Kumar falls in the infamous trending trap of ‘style over substance’ focusing majorly on how it looks rather than how it actually feels. The stunning yet forced grandeur doesn’t help in holding the intrigue, because the story just starts demolishing the narrative scene after scene in the second half. RKK makes Prabhas jump out of his comfort zone to play a romantic hero and kudos to him, but his writing often crosses the ‘mystical’ line to jump into the lame zone.
At times, you can’t even notice the eye-pleasing sets just because nothing interesting is happening in the story to grab your attention. The majority portions of the film look like they’re straight out of a SoBo couple’s pre-wedding photoshoot, in which the guy is probably an engineer. Cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa, production designer Raveender Reddy & costume designers Thota Vijayabhaskar, Eka Lakhani leave no stone unturned to make this look like an epic, even though it’s just unorganised chaos.
Radhe Shyam Movie Review: Star Performance
Prabhas said Baahubali has been chasing him eventually setting similar monumental expectations from all of his films, but he has done 2 films post-Baahubali and they’re Saaho, Radhe Shyam. Both of these films were sold as ‘grand scale epics’, so if you’re injecting the hype based on how stunning your film is why won’t the audience hope for another epic saga backed with a proper story? Also, why even after Sharad Kelkar (Baahubali), Shreyas Talpade (Pushpa) set a standard for Hindi dubbing, Prabhas has yet again taken the “I’ll dub in the languages I’m not comfortable with” route? It does nothing but takes away from the ample charm of his personality he otherwise has.
Pooja Hegde compliments the beautiful sets & aura of the film with her alluring presence. Thankfully, it’s not just her looks that are prioritised but she leaves a mark with her performance even with a very shabby script. Bhagyashree’s character adds nothing substantial to anyone’s life in the film, hence she gets an extremely restricted performance. Sathyaraj as Guruji follows a very formulaic approach in portraying an extremely peculiar godman. Kunaal Roy Kapur’s character is nothing but clutter to Vikram Aditya’s track as despite being a close friend to him, he just appears to disappear without adding or subtracting anything.